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Mizzou News for Wednesday, March 17

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Can you feel it?

There’s an excitement in the air. It’s electric. After this much waiting — and my god, has it felt like forever — March Madness is here. Say it again. March. Madness. Is. Here.

Teams are currently sequestered in their hotel rooms in Indianapolis area (except for UVA, who doesn’t arrive until Friday), basically only to be released for practice. They’re undergoing constant Covid testing (5 positives so far, though the NCAA won’t say it’s players or coaches), and it’s not going to be the usual bustling atmosphere for teams, but what we see on the court will surely fill us with joy. We’ve waited for all this time, y’all, and it’s finally here.

It’s the time of year when we get things like THIS. Jordan Sperber of HoopsVision posted an 11 minute video featuring X & O’s, stats, or scouting notes for each of the 68 teams in the field.. This is SO COOL.

Also, just try and watch this video and not get HYPED for Saturday’s game. 6:20pm, it all goes down.

And if that’s not enough, listen to Cuonzo Martin on the KMOX SportsLine!

Everyone’s getting in on the fun. ESPN’s Tony Moss ranked the NCAA Tournament coaches as players. Cuonzo was SIXTH on the list. Interesting fun fact about Will “The Big Fat Cheater” Wade: he never even played high school basketball! He’s last on the list, by the way. This gives me some sort of pleasure, as it might some of you. From the list:

6. Cuonzo Martin, Missouri Tigers — Martin played four years under Gene Keady at Purdue (1991-95), where he was a quality defensive player and good outside shooter. Martin was an All-Big Ten pick as a senior, then played briefly in the NBA with the Grizzlies and Bucks. Martin was playing professionally in Italy when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ending his playing career.

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Even Mizzou Baseball is getting in on the fun, sharing this bracket organized by college baseball unis, from Cespedes Family BBQ on Twitter.

While you’re brimming with excitement, have you filled out your bracket for the Rock M Nation Bracket Challenge? I’m running it this year, and I’m super pumped. I used to run our March Madness event in my office at Mizzou the past three years, but now that I’m not in at Mizzou (stupid Covid)... here I am!

On to the Links! Happy Pat’s Day!


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For Black college basketball head coaches, the pressure is significant regardless of circumstances, because their opportunities are so limited. According to the NCAA Demographics Database in 2019, while Black coaches held 48% of Division I assistant coaching positions compared with 47% for white coaches, Black coaches made up only 28% of head coaches compared with 69% of white coaches.

  • Huh. This is... a choice. Could be nothing? Thanks to the Missourian’s Joel Lorenzi for catching it:

Other Mizzou Sports

  • VOLLEYBALL: It’s Senior Week!

Mizzou in the NBA (AKA Porter Time)

  • Jontay made his debut Monday night!!!! While the Grizzlies lost big to Phoenix, 122-99, the younger Porter made his NBA debut, playing 3 minutes. He went scoreless from the field (0-2, 0-1 from three), but did grab 3 rebounds. Just so happy to see him out there... though I can never watch the Grizz on League Pass due to their stupid blackouts.
  • MPJ was a major part of the Nuggets big win on Monday over the Pacers, 121-106. In Mike’s 31 minutes, he scored 20 points and was 9-15 from the field (though 0-4 from 3), with 8 rebounds and 1 assist. You love to see it.

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